(A/N: Sorry for the wait. I had a horrible weekend, and this week isn't going to be much better. But I know that putting up a chapter will help a little bit. Thanks to those who have reviewed so far. I really appreciate it. Please continue to do so. It would mean so much to me. Anyway, here's chapter 2. Love, Ellivia22)
Disclaimer: If I owned Suite Life I would go on the S.S. Tipton to relax. I need a vacation.
Chapter 2 Receiving Much Needed Advice
One week later
My hand runs through the cold water as I wash an empty cup. It's 3PM and only a half hour until my shift is over. Then I'm going to relieve some stress by beating Cody at a couple of games of air hockey.
When I get some spare time during my shift, my eyes dart around the Lido Deck, looking for two brunettes. One that I want to be my girlfriend, the other I wish would talk to me. But Maya has been having different shifts than me lately and London has been avoiding me like the plague. I guess she was serious when she told me to leave her alone. The only time I see her now is in class-when she shows up that is.
The worst part about London avoiding me is how much I miss her. No longer do I have someone to snicker with in class, someone to confide in. When she does show up to class, she has ceased her wisecracks at Ms. Tutweiller. The thing I miss most of all is her bright smile and sparkling eyes. I've been missing her so much that I haven't thought about trying to get Maya to go out with me. When ever I try to think about it, London's bold confession rings back in my head.
"Zack, hello? Earth to Zack?"
Maya is standing in front of the juice bar, wearing her usual yellow work shirt and apron. Her hand is waving up and down in front of my face. I had been so preoccupied with my thoughts on London that I didn't even notice that Maya has started her shift. A part of me wants to tell her how beautiful her brown hair is, but can't bring myself to. I smile flirtatiously at her, taking more effort than usual.
She ignores my flirtatious smile. "I need two passion fruits and a mango splash."
"Coming right up. If you need help drinking any of those I'll be glad to help."
I can tell Maya is having a hard time fighting back a smile. I should feel happy that she still seems interested in me, but I don't. Instead I feel confused. "I'll keep that in mind." Then she returns to take more customers' orders.
My eyes follow her until she's on the other side of the Lido Deck. I start making the drinks. What's wrong with me? Why has flirting with Maya become so difficult? So uncomfortable? Do I still feel guilty for hurting London?
Once I'm done mixing the drinks I place them on a tray for Maya to pick up. My mind continues to feel fuzzy. I can't go through a situation like this again. Not if I want Maya to be my girlfriend, which I'm pretty sure that's what I want. I can't believe this day has come, but I need to get advice from my twin brother. He should know what I need to do. After all he did date Bailey for a year. All I know is I can't wait to get my life back on track.
I slam my blocker hard against the puck, sending it zigzag across the table. Cody manages to block it, but barely. I'm ahead 9-4 and have won two game already. My confused emotions are giving me more energy than I thought.
"Geeze Zack," Cody says in slight exasperation. "You don't need to demolish the puck. Just try to send it in my goal."
I ignore him. My mind is still fuzzy from earlier. Thoughts of Maya and London continue to occupy it; my adoration for Maya and my longing to talk to London again. I should've known better than to let two girls occupy my mind at the same time.
With one last hit, a little softer this time, the puck slides into the goal. I pump my fist in the air. "Game point!" I grin at my brother. "Ready for another round, Codester?"
Cody puts the blocker aside and leans against the table. "How about instead you tell me what's bothering you."
I feign a look of innocence. "What makes you think something's bothering me?"
He gives me a knowing look. "Because I'm your twin and I know that you only play this vigorously when you have a lot on your mind."
I lean against the table too, next to Cody. My arms are folded, my eyes lowered. "It's Maya. No, it's London. Well, both of them. I've made things really complicating and I have no idea how to fix it."
"What did you do this time?"
I sigh wearily. "I convinced London to help me try to get Maya to go out with me. She was totally into the idea. At least I thought she was. But when we acted my plan, she went ballistic and tried to attack Maya."
Cody whistles. "Wow. Something must've really set her off."
"Yeah I had to pull her off the Lido Deck. It wasn't until then," my face starts to heat up.
"Until what?" he asks, smirking.
"Until she kissed me and told me that she was in love with me. That was when her actions became clear."
"You stole the heart of the Tipton airhead. Nice, bro."
"Don't call her that," I say defensively. "She's not really like that."
A small silence passes between us as Cody stares at me closely. I feel as though I'm being Xrayed. "So that's why you guys haven't been hanging out lately." he comments.
"She told me to leave her alone. It wasn't until now that I realize how much I really miss her. I miss having her as my friend. But I know that hanging out with her would hurt her even more. I hate the fact that I hurt her in the first place."
"And what's the deal with Maya, besides the fact that she's resisting your charms?"
My hand starts fiddling with the blocker. "I don't know. I've been wanting to flirt with her all week, but I just haven't been motivated to do so."
"Plus you can't stop thinking about what London told you."
I glare at him half playfully. He knows me better than I know myself sometimes. I don't know if I should feel annoyed or grateful. "Okay Mr. Know-It-All. What do you think I should do?"
"I think the reason you're holding back your flirting with Maya is because you're unsure about how your feelings for her. London's confession has confused you and you can't decide on what you want. What I think you should do is instead of trying to get together with Maya as fast as you can, but try getting to know her. London too. Then you can make a decision that is honest and fair to the both of them."
I make a face. "Getting to know two girls? That sounds like a lot of work to me."
"You'll manage," Cody says lightly.
"But what if I can't get London to talk to me?"
"I'm sure you'll think of something."
I smile a real smile at my twin. "Thanks Codes. I knew I could depend on you. Now are you ready for another game?"
Cody grabs his blocker and digs in his pocket for more change. "Let's do it."
As we settle into another game of air hockey I feel my body finally relax. There's a solution to everything, as Cody has proven once again. All I have to do is talk to two girls and figure out which one I want to be with. How hard can that be?
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